HoI Residency Brief 2016

House of Illustration
Illustrator in Residence
Brief and Application Guidelines
About our Residency
House of Illustration’s annual Illustrator in Residence programme supports an
illustrator, graphic artist or collective to create an ambitious body of work that
inspires our visitors and challenges public opinion about what illustration can
Our first residency was awarded to illustrator Rachel Lillie in 2014. Our 2015
resident was David Lemm. We are now seeking applications from creative
practitioners interested in becoming House of Illustration’s third Illustrator in
House of Illustration’s annual Illustrator in Residence programme is made
possible through generous support from the Barbara and Philip Denny Trust.
The Residency
Illustrators and graphic artists are invited to apply for a six-month residency at
House of Illustration. The residency will run from 1 September 2016 to 28
February 2017.
The successful applicant will be required to work for at least 2 days per week
on a focused personal project as part of their residency. They will work from
their own studio, but will attend House of Illustration regularly as part of their
research and to participate in the wider work of the organisation. This may
include weekends and evenings (by prior agreement).
The residency provides:
An illustrator’s fee of £6,000 and up to £1,000 for materials.
An online presence on House of Illustration’s website and blog.
A public showcase of the outcomes of the residency at House of
Illustration from March-June 2017 (as an exhibition or installation).
In addition to the producing their own work, the resident will be required to
contribute with enthusiasm to the work of House of Illustration. This
contribution will include:
Regular blogging about the residency (three posts over the course of
the residency).
One informal public talk about the residency.
Three informal education workshops (hosted in collaboration with
House of Illustration’s Head of Education).
A public display of work at the end of the residency
(mounted in collaboration with the Curator).
The supply of an example of work or documentary material
about the residency project to be held in House of Illustration’s
The supply of an example of work for presentation to the Barbara and
Philip Denny Trust.
These contributions will be shaped by the resident’s particular strengths
and interests, in collaboration with House of Illustration staff. The above is
not an exhaustive list, and we encourage creative approaches to engaging
with House of Illustration’s work.
The residency is open to illustrators and other creative practitioners whose
work relates to graphic arts/communication. This includes (but is not limited
to): illustrators, game designers, typographers, coders, animators, graphic
designers, printmakers, book artists.
We welcome applicants with art and design qualifications, though this is not
Applicants must be aged 25 or over on the application deadline date (30
June 2016).
The resident must live within easy travelling distance to House of Illustration
for the duration of the residency, and must be able to attend House of
Illustration regularly (please note that we are unable to pay travel
Full time students are not eligible to apply. We will consider applications
from people in part-time education who can demonstrate their ability to
devote the required time to the residency.
A genuine interest in public engagement as outlined above and a willingness
to interact with our audiences is essential.
Please note that the residency is an opportunity to create a new body of
work, it is not intended for work on existing commissioned projects or work
undertaken as part of a qualification.
To Apply
Please send the following documents:
A pdf document (no more than 2 A4 pages) that describes:
- How you will respond to the opportunity (your proposed areas of
research/visual enquiry, the possible direction of your project,
possible media).
- How you will adapt your working practice to the specific context
of the residency.
- How this opportunity will develop your practice.
- How you will engage with the wider work of House of Illustration.
6-8 examples of work you have produced within the last 3 years.
This must be supplied in a low-resolution format (please don’t
exceed 5mb). Larger moving image files can be supplied as web or
file share links.
A CV with details of two referees (no more than 2 A4 pages)
Links to your website and/or blog
Please note that we are unable to consider applications in other formats.
Please email your proposal to [email protected] by
5.00pm (GMT) on 30 June 2016. Due to the high volume of applications,
please allow up to 4 working days for your submission to be acknowledged.
Selection and Interview
You will receive an email to confirm receipt of your application up to 4 working
days from submission.
Shortlisted applicants will be informed by 15 July 2016 and will be invited to
interview on 25 July 2016. Shortlisted applicants will not be required to
create new work or a presentation for interview, but may be asked to bring
examples or images of previous work.
Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by:
Olivia Ahmad - Curator, House of Illustration
David Lemm – House of Illustration Illustrator in Residence 2015
Mark Sinclair – Deputy Editor, Creative Review
Shortlisted applicants will be informed of the outcome of their interview by 1
August 2016. The successful applicant will begin their residency on 1
September 2016.
Unsuccessful applicants will be informed by email by 15 July 2016. Please
note that due to the high volume of applications, we are not able to give
feedback to applicants not shortlisted for interview.
The selection panel will be looking for applications for the creation of a body of
work that:
is ambitious and self-led
may not be possible to produce outside the context of the residency
is innovative in its communication of concepts and ideas
is produced an appropriate medium/format
engages with House of Illustration and its audiences in an inventive
is appropriate to the applicant’s skills and strengths (as
demonstrated by their previous projects)
can be delivered within the budget and timescale of the residency
Residency programme opens for applications
Closing date for submissions
Shortlisted applicants informed
Unsuccessful applicants informed
Resident appointed
Residency begins
Residency ends
Exhibition of outcomes at House of Illustration
2 May 2016
30 June 2016
15 July 2016
15 July 2016
25 July 2016
1 August 2016
1 September 2016
28 February 2017
March – June 2017
Further information and answers to frequently asked questions can be
found at: http://www.houseofillustration.org.uk/get_involved/illustratorin-residence
Please contact us with further queries at: [email protected]